I have been so low on creativity lately that I decided to attend my friend Jennifer’s crafty weekend. She does this event twice each year (in the spring and the fall) at the local Hyatt House in Bellevue, WA. You get a 6′ table all your own in addition to snacks and goodies from Jennifer. The goal is to work on your unfinished or planned projects.

I attended this back in the spring and didn’t get much done, but I decided that I had a better plan of upcoming projects and would be more successful this time around. It’s funny, last time I was judicious and smart in my packing and didn’t get much done and this time I feel like I packed everything but the kitchen sink and got a lot done. Go figure.

One thing I knew for sure is that I didn’t want to do the whole weekend. Last time I was there Friday night, all day Saturday, and most of Sunday. It was simply too much and come Monday I was exhausted. So, I focused on Friday night and Saturday, leaving Sunday for rest and time with my best friend, which turned out to be perfect!

I had a bunch of new goodies from Lawn Fawn, Stampin’ Up, My Favorite Things, and Concord & 9th that I wanted to try out and I am happy to report that I was able to try out almost everything I brought. I created some Halloween treat bags that I will use for our intern team at work, I experimented with the new Concord & 9th Christmas Cottage stamps and dies, the new Lawn Fawn stitched pop-up hill dies, and some new unicorn and bear stamps from My Favorite Things. In addition, I got to play with my MISTI and a bunch of interactive dies.

Here are a few of the things I created:

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I will confess that I don’t always support my local store, but I’ve been trying to get better about buying local. If you live in metro Seattle here are my three favorite places to shop: Ellen Hutson, Impress, and Urban Scrapbooker. The first is not a traditional brick and mortar store but has a great variety of products and manufacturers, the second has two great brick and mortar stores as well as a decent online shopping option, and the last has one of the best discounts available (a standing 15% off for Club Urbie members). Thank you for sharing some of your time with me today. Until next time, remember, creativity and imperfection live together in all we do. “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”


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